2006 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl 2.40
Hello everyone. I have a older car with 200,000 miles on it. I’ve never really had any problems with it at all, except that sometimes when I will be driving (maybe once a month) I’ll be sitting at a light, will let my foot off the gas to accelerate when it turns green, and the car will act like it wants gas and is about to go but then dies, shuts off, stalls. So I turn the car off, put it in park and it always starts right back up.
Except this time it didn’t start back up and I died at a intersection. Towed it to a family auto chain shop here in Minnesota (victory auto) and they were nice and helpful, but because it’s a Friday they didn’t have enough time to fully inspect. Tried jumping it, wouldn’t crank over (interesting because I never had trouble with it starting it always would), and they tested the battery it was ok and had juice. Lights work radio etc. But it did make a click click sound but didn’t want to turn over or hear the engine. If it’s my alternator do they really just go out like that?
They said it seems like the starter is bad (which I thought is odd because it always starts up), and because it won’t start they can’t test the alternator. The quick fix is to put a new starter in and then can test other things. They quoted me about $800 to do that which I wasn’t expecting and do not know if is fair or right at all for my car. So I started asking questions the best I could because that price set alarms off.
My oil change is due it’s been over 10,000 miles (I use synthetic but the level is fine) and I’ve noticed when I rarely am not top of changing it it’s more likely to stall out like it did, but it always starts up.
So if the battery is fine, does the starter really go out like that? It seems like it might be more progressive than just not working all of a sudden. And if it is the starter, and then the car starts, and the battery is fine (which in my head means the alternator is working otherwise the battery would likely be drained right?) what are your thoughts on what could be wrong?
And is $800 reasonable to put in a new starter and labor? For an older car like this?
I’m just skeptical if they’re trying to pull a fast one on me. I heard $800 and stopped. What are some questions I can ask to verify I’m not getting scammed? I just know some places can start with one problem and move on to the next and soon enough you’re in thousands of dollars, whether it’s legit or not.
However, they were helpful and did try to explain and empathize, and even loaned me a car. They said they would look at other things for the weekend which I hope is a good sign. I was want to be careful. Thanks.